IN THE NAME OF MARRIAGE [WORK IN PROGRESS]
Exploring the issue of bride trafficking in India: Women and girls who are trafficked, sold as brides and forced to marry their buyers.
According to National Crime Register Bureau, in 2014, last data available, almost 31.000 women were abducting or kidnaping for the purpose of marriage in India. There is no oficial data about how many women are currently living with their so called “husbands”, the men who bought them.
Cheated or kidnaped, they are brought mostly from Eastern Indian states as Assam, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar, and forced to marry with men in Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan where they are brutally treated by their so called “husbands” and in-laws. They are forced to have children, do the housework, and work in the agricultural sector without getting any money.
Being from outside, they are often harassed and discriminated by the whole community, as they are popularly name “paro”, a derogatory Hindi word that means “stolen”. Many of these girls and women have been re-trafficked several times, as their buyers sold them again when they do not need them any more.
This project is not just about telling an story about women, but to really comprehend the situation of these women and the people around them, and use photography as a powerful tool of awareness and enforcement of action from people who are in the position to eradicate bride trafficking to do so.